have just finished reading The Theocons: Secular American Under Seige by Damon Linker. While an interesting read, with valuable insights into the thinking of some theocons (especially Neuhaus), it didn’t really live up to it’s name. Secular America is not under seige – the theocons do not want to get rid of democracy or establish a church. For example, wanting to change abortions laws is not undemocratic. Nor is America secular. They may have no state religion, but religion plays a major part in Americans’ self-understanding and public life already, and has done for years. This book is another example of the confusion between liberalism and democracy that I criticise in my unpublished essay on the subject.